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About 150 Inmates Escape From Indonesian Prison

From the article: “Prison directorate spokesman Akbar Hadi said the inmates forced their way out from Tanjung Gusta Prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, while others set the prison’s offices on fire.”

Umm…who were the guys who were like, “Well, I could leave…naah, I’ll just set some stuff on fire.”

What might have caused the riot, you ask?

Hadi said about 15 officers were being held captive inside the prison. It holds about 2,400 prisoners but media reports say its normal capacity is 400.

2,400 prisoners in a prison for 400?  That sounds safe.  But wait, there’s more!

The riot appeared to have been triggered by a blackout that knocked out the pumps that supplied water to the prison, leaving inmates without water since Thursday morning, Hadi said in a text message.

Well, I can see what they might have been a mite perturbed by.  I also love that he does his press releases via text message.  Clearly, child labor laws continue to be violated in Indonesia.

Read more here.

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NY: Prison Lockdown Foils Escape Plan

From the article: “Corrections officers Saturday say that the lockdown at the Elmira Correctional Facility was to stop to a detailed escape plot.  It was locked down after officers discovered an inmate had several weapons.”

The agency’s statement:

What is clear is that multiple inmates were planning some sort of disruption inside the facility with the ultimate goal of escaping, and the probability that many correction officers lives were in danger.

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LA: Violence inside OPP sends dozens to the hospital each month

From the article: “Over the years, the issue of non-fatal violence in the jail has largely gone unnoticed. Statistics from the U.S. Justice Department show that at least 700 assaults occurred in the facilities last year. At least 32 stabbings were reported.”

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GA: Temporary repairs made to faulty Ga. prison locks

Holy smokes.  At this prison, three inmates were killed within a six week period.  Officials have reportedly confiscated over 200 shanks and 140 cellphones since January.  Now they’re making “temporary repairs” to fix “hundreds of broken locks.”  Is it just me, or isn’t prison a place where you’re supposed to be able to lock people up?  And how about some permanent repairs?

…at least no one has to worry that the inmates won’t be able to call for help if a riot happens.

Read the article here.

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